RED BANK: A TALE OF TWO SMOOTHIES

healthy habitsRob Bianchini gives PieHole the rundown on Healthy Habits’ smoothie and juice menu. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

By JIM WILLIS

morsels mediumWith Healthy Habits Natural Foods setting up shop right next door to Smoothie King and advertising a smoothie and juice bar of its own, PieHole stopped in both shops to suss out the smoothie landscape in downtown Red Bank.

Rob Bianchini, who mans the juicer machines at Healthy Habits, said a defining feature of the juices and shakes he serves is that they’re all made with 100-percent organic fruits and vegetables, including the celery that he tells PieHole is key to staying hydrated on a hot day.

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LANDLORD: HEALTH FOOD SHOP COMING

65-broadThe chic pre-rusted sign of Chic Optique still hangs on the storefront three years after the eyewear shop departed. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Rcsm2_010508Is the brown paper about to come down off the windows at 65 Broad Street in Red Bank?

The former home to pricey eyewear purveyor Chic Optique has been vacant for more than three years, and actually, the paper’s falling all by itself, without any human intervention.

But building owner Bob Chen tells redbankgreen he’s finally got a new tenant – a health food store he can’t recall the name of.

Chen’s been down this road before. Still warm in the files at the borough hall are aborted plans for a Thai restaurant at that location.

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